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Hillary Clinton Dominates With Nonwhite Voters On Super Tuesday

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 2/03/2016 Elise Foley
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For all of his efforts to appeal to minority voters, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is still losing -- and losing badly in many cases -- with nonwhite voters.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dominated among nonwhite voters in all of the Super Tuesday states from which exit polling is available, even in a state Sanders won overall.  

Minorities are increasingly important in Democratic races as the Latino and Asian populations grow. Both candidates aim to show they're the best candidate for black, Latino and Asian voters, but it appears Clinton's message is getting through to them more.

She won overall on Tuesday in seven states and a U.S. territory: Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Exit polling numbers were available for all of those races except American Samoa. In each state, Clinton won with nonwhite voters, and with black voters in states that provided a breakdown of voter demographics.

Some caveats: Not every exit poll result was broken down by race; some showed only data for white versus nonwhite voters. Vermont's exit poll had no white-versus-nonwhite breakdown at all, because the respondents were overwhelmingly white.

Sanders won four states overall: Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Vermont. But none of them proved much about his strength with nonwhite voters. The Sanders campaign has said he won 10 of the 15 counties with the largest Latino population in Colorado, but there is no exit polling available for that state or Minnesota.

Oklahoma exit polling showed that both black voters and overall nonwhite voters supported Clinton over Sanders, even though he won the state's primary. 

Particularly among black voters, the results weren't even close. Clinton won more than 90 percent of black voters in Alabama and Arkansas, according to exit polling. She also won more than 80 percent in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Preferences of Latino voters, who helped decide the 2012 election for President Barack Obama, were only broken out in Texas' exit polls; Clinton won with them, with 71 percent to Sanders' 29 percent.

There was no information on Asian voters in any of the exit polls.

All of these results were consistent with the results of exit polling in other states. Clinton took the nonwhite vote in the South Carolina primary and the Nevada and Iowa caucuses, all of which she won. Sanders prevailed in New Hampshire both overall and with nonwhite voters, although the latter was a virtual tie -- of the small proportion of minorities polls, 50 percent voted for Sanders and 49 percent for Clinton. Exit polls showed Sanders with a win in Nevada with Latino voters, but that result was contested

Most Republican primary exit polls had no breakdown for nonwhite voters. Of the ones that did, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) won with nonwhite voters in both Virginia and Georgia, but lost overall in both of them to businessman Donald Trump. Trump didn't win nonwhite voters in any of the states for which exit polling information is available.

A plurality of nonwhite Republican voters picked Sen. Ted Cruz in his home state of Texas, which he also won overall.

Here's a full breakdown of how minorities voted on Super Tuesday, according to exit polls as of Wednesday afternoon:

Alabama

Democrats

Overall winner: Clinton

Black voters: 91 percent for Clinton; 6 percent for Sanders

Nonwhite voters overall: 89 percent for Clinton; 7 percent for Sanders

Republicans

Overall winner: Trump

No racial breakdown available.

Alaska

Democrats

The Alaska Democratic Caucus is on March 26.

Republicans

Overall winner: Cruz

No exit polling available.

American Samoa

Democrats

Overall winner: Clinton

No exit polling available.

Republicans

The American Samoa Republican Caucus is on March 22.

Arkansas

Democrats

Overall winner: Clinton

Black voters: 91 percent for Clinton; 9 percent for Sanders

Nonwhite voters overall: 83 percent for Clinton; 17 percent for Sanders

Republicans

Overall winner: Trump

No racial breakdown available.

Colorado

Democrats

Overall winner: Sanders

No exit polling available.

Republicans

Colorado Republicans won't endorse a presidential candidate in 2016.

Georgia

Democrats

Overall winner: Clinton

Black voters: 85 percent for Clinton; 14 percent for Sanders

Nonwhite voters overall: 81 percent for Clinton; 19 percent for Sanders

Republicans

Overall winner: Trump

Black voters: No breakdown available

Nonwhite voters overall: 34 percent for Rubio; 29 percent for Trump; 19 percent for Cruz

Massachusetts

Democrats

Overall winner: Clinton

Black voters: no breakdown available

Nonwhite voters overall: 59 percent for Clinton; 41 percent for Sanders

Republicans

Overall winner: Trump

No racial breakdown available.

Minnesota

Democrats

Overall winner: Sanders

No exit polling available.

Republicans

Overall winner: Rubio

No exit polling available.

Oklahoma

Democrats

Overall winner: Sanders

Black voters: 71 percent for Clinton; 27 percent for Sanders

Nonwhite voters overall: 56 percent for Clinton; 40 percent for Sanders

Republicans

Overall winner: Cruz

No racial breakdown available. 

Tennessee

Democrats

Overall winner: Clinton

Black voters: 89 percent for Clinton; 10 percent for Sanders

Nonwhite voters overall: 85 percent for Clinton; 14 percent for Sanders

Republicans

Overall winner: Trump

No racial breakdown available.

Texas

Democrats

Overall winner: Clinton

Black voters: 83 percent for Clinton; 15 percent for Sanders

Latino voters: 71 percent for Clinton; 29 percent for Sanders

Non-white voters overall: 73 percent for Clinton; 25 percent for Sanders

Republicans

Overall winner: Cruz

Black voters: No breakdown available

Nonwhite voters overall: 37 percent for Cruz; 26 percent for Trump; 25 percent for Rubio

Nonwhite voters overall: 37 percent for Cruz; 25 percent for Trump; 24 percent for Rubio

Vermont

Democrats

Overall winner: Sanders

No racial breakdown available. 

Republicans

Overall winner: Trump

No racial breakdown available.

Virginia

Democrats

Overall winner: Clinton

Black voters: 84 percent for Clinton; 16 percent for Sanders

Nonwhite voters overall: 76 percent for Clinton; 24 percent for Sanders

Republicans

Overall winner: Trump

Black voters: No breakdown available.

Nonwhite voters overall: 33 percent for Rubio; 30 percent for Trump

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